SMOKINGBRUSH FINE ART

SPIRITS OF THE GARDEN; the Homeless of Japan

glenn ibbitson

the Homeless of Japan: hand-painted Kimono  160 x 180cm
modelled by artist, Carole King


glenn ibbitson

During the visit to Japan in December 2012, Glenn made a series of drawings of temporary settlements in public spaces. Homelessness is now a serious social problem in Japan. Honour and welfare criteria are inextricably linked, with families able to claim state assistance only when the former breadwinner has absented himself from the household.
The homeless are offered licensed accommodation in prefabricated ply dwellings each ‘weatherproofed’ by a covering of blue plastic tarpaulin. These are situated on the periphery of areas of public recreation. This has created a striking cultural and visual discord; scenes of contemplation and beauty now play before a backdrop of highly visible social deprivation.
  “What made the experience so much more poignant for me as an enthusiastic birder was that their plight was being played out metres from some of the most exotic birdlife anyone could wish to see; yet of course these disenfranchised residents are probably oblivious to such poetic visions of nature. This collision of aesthetic extremes provided me with an initial access point into this theme. On my return I drew up some kimono designs based on the drawings I made in various parks and shrines. By combining my western art technique with elements extracted from the Japanese graphic tradition, I developed compositions in which the contemporary realities of homelessness might intrude by stealth upon a highly refined and timeless visual sensibility.”
  Several compositions have been supplemented by calligraphy supplied by Japanese artist Hiroshi Ueta. 
                                                                                                                        July 2013

glenn ibbitson
Laundry Day
graphite and acrylic on paper 73x57cm


glenn ibbitson
Islands of Japan
watercolour on paper  73x57cm

glenn ibbitson
Bamboo Spring
watercolour on paper  73x57cm

glenn ibbitson
Fujisan Egrets
graphite and acrylic on paper  73x57cm
private collection

glenn ibbitson
Gravel Garden
watercolour and ink on paper 
73x57cm

glenn ibbitson
Kama Gawa Egrets
watercolour on paper  73x57cm

glenn ibbitson
Memory
watercolour on paper  73x57cm

glenn ibbitson
Japan Fall
acrylic and oil on canvas


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Homeless of the Falls
acrylic and oil on canvas


glenn ibbitson
Fan for the Homeless
watercolour on paper


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Joy
mixed media on paper
private collection

Glenn Ibbitson kimono

the Homeless of Japan        hand painted Kimono


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